Unwind by the sea in Sidmouth

Photos: Sidmouth town

Shopping in Sidmouth town centre and paddling on Jacob’s Ladder beach

Sidmouth is a friendly unspoilt seaside town in East Devon. It has a thriving town centre with a unique mixture of independent shops, galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants. There’s a cinema and theatre as well as gardens, playgrounds and a public swimming pool. The focal point is the long esplanade where visitors enjoy leisurely strolls along the seafront with views along the distinctive red cliffs of the Devon coastline.

Elisabeth & Leslie J wrote “We have been visiting Sidmouth two to three times a year for the past 30 years. We recommend it so many times to people we meet and all our friends and family. It just keeps getting better, great places to eat and places to visit. To us there’s no place like Sidmouth”.

Sidmouth Folk Festival

Every year, at the beginning of August, the town plays host to a week long folk music and dance festival that attracts visitors from all over the world. The effects echo throughout the year with regular live music performed in venues around the town and on the High Street.


Photos: Sidmouth album

Our Sidmouth gallery

Get a flavour of the town and beaches from this collection of our favourite pictures.

When you’re visiting Sidmouth don’t miss:


The Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary

Sidmouth is home to the world’s largest donkey and mule charity and it’s usually open to the public every day of the year. Here you’ll find dozens of curious, friendly donkeys loving the attention they get from visitors of all ages.

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Valley of a million bulbs

Valley of a million bulbs

You can’t miss the arrival of spring in the Sid Valley when hundreds of thousands of bulbs burst into flower. And there’s an unusual story behind the cheerful displays.

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Walks around Sidmouth

Walks around Sidmouth

From gentle strolls along the river valley to bracing cliff top hikes there are walks to suit everyone in this part of East Devon, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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The Connaught Gardens

The Connaught Gardens

Perched on the cliff top you’ll find freely accessible walled gardens with a band stand, cafe and stunning views along the coast.

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Winter breaks in Sidmouth

Winter breaks in Sidmouth

Winter breaks in Sidmouth offer bracing seaside walks; cosy country pubs; relaxing evenings by the log burner; unique Christmas shopping opportunities and some unusual festive events.

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What our guests want you to know about visiting Sidmouth

{Our third visit to Sidmouth and still not managed to see everything. We loved our time here - strolling around the wonderful shops and walking on the prom, plus the gardens and Jacob's Ladder.
June & Brian L from the Wirral, 3rd stay, September 2023
{Liked best: Walking along the Byes and along the Prom.
Sue P from Verwood, 5th stay - September 2023
{Favourite memories: Popping along the Byes in the evening & down to the waves.
Dickie & Annie T from London, 6th stay, July 2023
{Liked best: The seafront and regency buildings and Peak Hill. The river walk through the park, along the Byes.
Val C from London, July 2023
{Liked best: the quiet way of life and relaxed atmosphere around the town. The walks along the Byes to the beach.
Shaun C from Burnham on Sea, May 2023
{Nice independent shops in Sidmouth. I liked the Cheeseboard and the Italian Deli.
Sue P from Verwood, 4th stay - March 2023
{We recommend - watching the moon rise in the evening on the beach
Nicki R from Evesham, August 2022
{Paddleboarding hire fantastic on the beach - Jurassic Sports
Sophie NH from High Wycombe, August 2022
{We know the area quite well and Sidmouth is charming. A beautiful unspoilt seaside town with friendly people and beautiful scenery. Take your camera! Plenty of beautiful walks and the Byes is stunning and a real gem to walk through. One of the best things to enjoy is the fresh fish you can purchase every day, absolutely wonderful. We love walking along the seafront in the evening to catch the last light.
Ali B from Stroud, 10th stay, July 2022
{Like the town very much, makes shopping and eating easy. The facilities are all close to hand, such as swimming indoors and in the sea, very safe beach. Tennis, kayaking and paddle boarding all within the town
Dennis D from London, 3rd stay, July 2022

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